Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT)
Lead Faculty: Dr. Valerie L. Alexander
The MA Counseling Psychology – MFT Area of Specialization emphasizes marriage and family therapy and is designed for students who are committed to the practice of individual, couples, family, adolescent, and child psychotherapy. This version of the degree meets the academic requirements necessary to sit for the Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) License mandated by the Board of Behavioral Sciences in the state of California. Students may take courses from the LPCC Area of Specialization as a part of their program if they want to qualify for both licenses.
The MA with MFT specialization may not meet requirements in other states. Students should consult the licensing boards of the appropriate states for information about licensure outside of California
Program Learning Outcomes
- Assess and diagnose psychological distress and/or impairment, mental disorders, or problems in living in diverse couples, and families within various mental health settings.
- Assess and diagnose psychological distress and/or impairment, mental disorders or problems in living in children and adolescents from diverse backgrounds within various mental health settings.
- Develop appropriate strategies and treatment plans for successful clinical interventions with couples, families, children, and adolescents in various clincial contexts.
- Apply therapeutic interventions with diverse clients within the context of child, couples, and family counseling.